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Digital games

Students are invited to apply for PhD projects on digital games/interactive media. Relevant areas and disciplinary backgrounds may include Game Studies, Film Theory, Performance Studies, Literary Theory, Sociology, Political Science, Critical Theory, Information Technology, Communication Studies, Philosophy and Design.

Possible topics of investigation include but are not limited to:

General research interests:

  • digital games aesthetics -
  • video games and cinema / interactive cinema -
  • film theory and new media -
  • art and digital games -
  • digital games and queer theory -
  • politics and ideology in digital games

Current research projects:

  • video game agency 
  • pandemic games 
  • digital games and environmentalism

You will be required to provide a research proposal accompanied by a preliminary literature review and bibliography. The proposal should present a key research question, including some reflections on methodology and scope.

The literature review should contextualise your topic within defined fields of study, providing some understanding of the existing scholarship. 

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.